John Kelly

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A new book explores the history of Woodward & Lothrop, once one of Washington’s favorite stores.

  • Apr 16, 2014

It was after the art auction ended that the real bidding war broke out in Bethesda.

  • Apr 15, 2014

Clothes make the man, they say. Meet a man who knows how uniforms made the Revolutionary War soldier.

  • Apr 14, 2014

In 1985, a D.C. association experimented with “electronic mail.” Too bad the experiment failed.

  • Apr 13, 2014

As another Squirrel Week draws to a close, we reflect on what we’ve learned about these little critters.

  • Apr 12, 2014

In California, a baby squirrel has a new surrogate mom: a cat that’s added the critter to her brood of kittens.

  • Apr 11, 2014

We can’t all be the Wildcats or the Fighting Irish. Meet some schools with squirrelly mascots.

  • Apr 10, 2014

How to make a squirrel look ferocious? That was the challenge for Oberlin College.

  • Apr 9, 2014

Ready for a cuteness overload? Take a look at the finalists in our Squirrel Week Squirrel Photo Contest.

  • Apr 9, 2014

Last year, antiques collectors donned their gloves to battle over the world’s most desirable stuffed squirrels.

  • Apr 8, 2014

Squirrel week is back and columnist John Kelly is here with a squirrel expert to answer all your questions about the little fellas

  • Apr 8, 2014

From little acorns: Oak trees and squirrels have evolved to help each other out.

  • Apr 8, 2014

The wheel, the telephone, the PC — to these great inventions we add the horse head squirrel feeder.

  • Apr 7, 2014

At a nine-hole Fairfax County course, ‘scary fat’ critters would crawl up your leg to get their claws on a candy bar.

  • Apr 6, 2014

As Squirrel Week begins, meet the Penn historian who has uncovered the very American story of the critter.

  • Apr 5, 2014

Meet the alpaca, wonder animal of the South American Altiplano, now adding to the fiber of the U.S.

  • Apr 2, 2014

More tales of amazing ring recoveries. Plus: What’s the story behind those “Love Your Butt” ads?

  • Apr 1, 2014

Never heard of Loris Foalp, the operator of D.C.’s hottest food truck? You’re not alone.

  • Mar 31, 2014

Is your dog bored or depressed? Never fear! Plenty of products promise to put pep in your pup.

  • Mar 30, 2014

The U Street neighborhood is getting a building that will celebrate a once-familiar name: Jim Shay.

  • Mar 29, 2014

In 1928, five young black women got on their bikes in New York City. Three days later they were in Washington.

  • Mar 26, 2014

Three decades ago, Carla Perlo saw the artistic potential of Brookland’s Eighth Street NE. Now others do, too.

  • Mar 25, 2014

A reader explains why she doesn’t clear the snow from the roof of her car. Of course, she’s wrong.

  • Mar 24, 2014

Fifteen years ago Shannon Russell lost her class ring. Can this twisted piece of metal really be it?

  • Mar 23, 2014

The very special history of Benjamin Franklin University, the Harvard for Washington’s accountants.

  • Mar 22, 2014

Montgomery County’s court-appointed special advocates go to bat for kids in foster care.

  • Mar 19, 2014

You’d better be hungry: Girl Scout Troop 3926 ordered 125 cases of cookies when they meant boxes.

  • Mar 18, 2014

The Founders wanted to recreate Rome in America. The University of Maryland will see how they fared.

  • Mar 17, 2014

An album full of black-and-white photos tells the story of my grandfather, if only I could read it.

  • Mar 16, 2014

In the 1980s, a four-footed forecaster captivated D.C. radio listeners. Meet Cindy the Weather Dog.

  • Mar 15, 2014
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About John
John Kelly writes "John Kelly's Washington," a daily look at Washington's less-famous side. Born in Washington, John started at The Post in 1989 as deputy editor in the Weekend section. Since then, he's edited Weekend, founded KidsPost and been a general assignment reporter in Metro. John is a graduate of Rockville High School and the University of Maryland and has done journalism fellowships at Harvard and Oxford. He once washed Julia Child's dirty dishes. In his spare time John plays drums in Washington's second-best Monkees cover band.